First Impressions - 2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata: First Impressions

June 22, 2010


It just joined the fleet. It stickers at just over $23,000, and it's a Hyundai. So what are my first impressions of our new Sonata?

Very slick interior. Solid materials, some interesting, high quality finishes and a generally pleasing layout. I'm not usually a big fan of the pictograph climate controls, but this setup is fairly simple without taking up too much space.

Steering is too light and artificial feeling. This is probably a good thing to some degree as most buyers in this segment will appreciate the easy-to-maneuver feel of the Sonata. A little more heft and road feel would make it feel more like a Volkswagen and less like a Camry.

Solid engine. This four-cylinder engine is smooth, quiet and sounds refined even when you're winding it out. If it ends up returning the mileage Hyundai says it can, there will be plenty of satisfied customers.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, @ 787 miles

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